"An artist for the new with a little spice from the past, is basically how Estes Shane Whalen describes himself in today's evolving music industry. Drawing upon a variety of influences (e.g., Rolling Stones, Elton John, Counting Crows, Willie Nelson), Estes has modernized the singer-songwriter approach giving way to a bigger, bolder sound that helps to blend thoughtful lyrics with identifiable melodies. I've always believed that any good song should be able to sustain its strength when broken down to basics. However, I also like to get a little crazy when I perform, so the all acoustic album will have to wait for VH-1 Storytellers. His chances to get crazy will be realized as he preps for his soon to be released debut album If Timing is Everything. The album was recorded this summer in Los Angeles, CA with Producer Michael James (Hole, New Radicals, A J Croce) and Producer/Keyboardist David Zeman (Rembrandts, A.J. Croce), and mastered by David Donnelly (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beck, Aerosmith).